Charlotte Hornets

Sunday: Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

Hornets at Lakers

9:30 p.m., Staples Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Matchup to Watch

Kobe Bryant vs. Lance Stephenson: Bryant is back from injury and coming off a 39-point, nine-rebound game against the Suns.

Observations

• The Lakers have lost all five of their games so far this season. They’ve already had some terrible injury situations, losing Steve Nash and lottery pick Julius Randle for the season.



• This is the first of a four-game, seven-day West Coast trip for the Hornets.



Tap-ins

• Former Duke star Ryan Kelly has been out so far this season with a hamstring injury. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday.



• Lakers center Jordan Hill has been on an early roll; in his past three games he shot 24-of-39 for 61 points and grabbed 25 rebounds.



Did you know?

The Lakers should be well-rested; Sunday night will be their second game in eight days.

Projected Starters

Hornets Lakers
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 15.2 4.5 G, J. Lin 10.8 2.6
G, L. Stephenson 8.3 10.5 G, K. Bryant 27.6 5.2
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 11 6.8 F, W. Johnson 8.0 3.2
F, M Williams 7.8 4 F, C. Boozer 10.4 5.6
C, A. Jefferson 22.7 7.3 C, J. Hill 14.8 9.2

Rick Bonnell

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